600 people were detained during Sunday protests in Belarus
12 October , 14:33
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Human rights defenders of the Belarusian center Vesna counted at least 600 people detained during the March of Pride in Belarusian cities and the capital, held on Sunday, October 11. The organization posted the names of all those arrested that day on its official website.

There are exactly 600 people on the list, but, as noted by human rights activists, there may be more of them, so the center called on all residents of the country to inform him about the detained relatives. Among those arrested were 42 journalists and photographers, as well as those who needed medical assistance after being detained. There are about 20 such people. In addition, minors were among the detainees. After checking their documents, they were released. Some journalists were also released after their identities were established.

Detentions on Sunday were in all major cities of the country: in Minsk, Brest, Vitebsk, Mogilev, Grodno and others. Clashes with the police continued until late at night.

Protests in Belarus have been going on for over two months. Residents take to the streets, opposing the results of the presidential election, which was once again won by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. The demonstrations are brutally suppressed by the security forces. The opposition united and created a Coordination Council, through which it intends to negotiate with the current government. Members of his presidium were either arrested, recognizing the council as illegal, or expelled from the country. Last week, ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya met in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At the meeting, she asked Germany to act as a mediator in negotiations with the current government in Belarus on the organization of new elections. On Saturday it became known that Lukashenko met with the arrested opposition representatives in the pre-trial detention center. The meeting discussed, among other things, changes in the country's Constitution.